The seven books featured are the main books necessary for the Scotland Country Study. Many projects will be based on stories from, “An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales.” We read, “The Water Horse,” as a read aloud for the first week of our Scotland Study, and my daughter read the “Little House in the Highlands” books to herself all month.
An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales – Breslin
The Water Horse – King-Smith
Tam Lin – Cooper
The Seal Prince – MacGill-Callahan
The Selkie Girl – Cooper
Little House in the Highlands – Wiley
The Far Side of the Loch – Wiley
Introduction to Scotland:
1. Look at a map of The United Kingdom. If you completed our Ireland block study, then ask your child to find Ireland on the map. Then bring their attention to the large island east of Ireland. Tell them that the Island is called Great Britain and that we call that island and Northern Ireland The United Kingdom.
2. Have them point to and name all the countries in The United Kingdom. (Scotland, England, Wales, and then remind them that Northern Ireland is a part of The United Kingdom.)
3. Give your child a large (11 x 14) piece of watercolor paper and the cut-out you made previously of The United Kingdom. (Actually just of Great Britain- we will sketch in Northern Ireland)
4. Have your child hold the cut-out and carefully trace around it with a pencil.
5. Then have your child use an india ink black pen to trace the outline. (It is waterproof) Erase the pencil marks.
Learning about the wildlife of the country you are studying is as equally important to learning about the geography and cultures, as hopefully we are raising a generation that will contribute to the well being of our planet, the protection of species, and the preservation of wildlife. There is no better way to contribute to that goal than to nurture in our children, from a young age, a respect and admiration for nature and wild life.
Materials- a cutout of Scotland (same cutout used for the first map), a large piece of thick paper, (we always use watercolor paper so that these projects last), colored pencils, india ink pen, and either block crayons or watercolors.)
To learn more about the wildlife of Scotland, watch this beautiful full length documentary series with your children.
Have your children draw a picture of the flag of Scotland and outline it with the waterproof black India Ink pen. Then have them watercolor the flag.
We usually discuss the meanings of the colors and symbols of each flag.
Here is a link to read about the meaning of the flag.
Major Religions and Languages of Scotland:
The main religion of Scotland is Christianity. Most Christians belong to The Church of Scotland, some are Roman Catholic, and a smaller minority are from other denominations of Christianity.
To read about religion in Scotland, click here.
The main language of Scotland is English. The traditional languages of Scotland are Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic. To read about the languages of Scotland, click here.
Traditional Scottish Clothing: The Tartan, Kilt, and Sporran
Materials: The Water Horse Book & sculpey clay in various colors, oven
Every day, either during your family story time or during bedtime story time, read The Water Horse until you are finished. I must mention that my children and I are in love with this book. It was so delightful and it truly bonded us to this legend.
When you finish, choose a Loch Ness Craft from below and enjoy!
Sculpey Loch Ness Sculpture:
Here are links to other Loch Ness Monster craft ideas: